Due to recent accidents in New Iberia, local law enforcement partnered with Operation Lifesaver on train detail this morning

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Effort to help keep everyone safe and ensure people are obeying railroad laws

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 4:21pm

This morning local law enforcement partnered with the railroads in an effort to help keep the public safe.  This is because of three recent crashes involving railroad crossings in New Iberia.  The effort targeted certain crossings in the area to ensure all railroad laws are being obeyed.

"There were several incidents here recently and it's like anything else if there's a problem area really you need to address the issue.  That's the only way we believe we can stop these crashes from happening," says Claude Maher, executive director of Operation Lifesaver Louisiana.

"We want to keep everybody safe.  Louisiana had thirteen people who died last year in either crashes with trains or by trespassing a railroad property," says Sergeant James Anderson, state police.

There were around 780 crashes involving trains and railroad properties in the US.  Operation Lifesaver is a railroad safety group that goes around the state educating the public on railroad safety.  If you want more information on this group you can log on to the website at www.oli.org.

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